The MGH Center for Global Health (CGH) Office of Global Disaster Response deployed a six-person team on May 8 to support residents affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique.

Team leader Lindsey Martin, NP, Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit (ICU); deputy team leader Kristen Giambusso, MPH, CGH; Carmela Berlin, RPh, Pharmacy; Catherine Welder, RN, Medical ICU; Michelle Winkler-Gettings, RPh, PartnerseCare; and David Mather, AS, NREMT-P, Center for Disaster Medicine, are aiding the nonprofit Team Rubicon, a veteran-led global disaster response organization launching a mobile medical aid operation to the southeastern African nation.

“Mozambique has been impacted by two sequential Category 4 storms in a community already beleaguered by poverty,” says Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH, director of MGH Global Disaster Response. “It is our hope to provide a professional response to those affected with this deep and experienced team working with Team Rubicon.”

Working in conjunction with local, provincial and national authorities, Team Rubicon is providing mobile medical services to affected communities, including triage, clinical care, and basic laboratory and pharmacy capabilities.

In coordination with the broader incident response framework, the mobile medical team will work to help stabilize the area, provide medical care in hard-to-reach and remote areas, and help to monitor for and prevent disease outbreaks. 

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